THUNDER BAY, ON – DECEMBER 16, 2009 - The Ischkinakker Shaker started 7 years ago when two Lakehead University students, Katie Ischkin and Johnny DeBakker wanted to organize an event to bring all of their friends who were studying out of town together during Christmas season. The first year, the event raised just over $1,500 but now, the event has higher fundraising goals with last year's event bringing in $13,000. Katie and John have designated this year’s proceeds to go to the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay with the event being held on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at the CLE Coliseum. The media is cordially invited to attend.
Katie and Johnny chose the Alzheimer Society because of personal reasons tied closely to Katie. This fall, Katie lost her grandfather (papa) who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and throughout her family's journey realized the important role the Alzheimer Society plays in helping families cope with this terrible disease. Katie's papa loved to be around his friends and family and never missed an opportunity to celebrate therefore this year's event is dedicated to papa and an aggressive fundraising goal of $15,000 was set, all of which will go to the Alzheimer Society to continue the great work they do with local families.
“We depend on local support and donations, as the demand for our services continues to grow,” states Alison Denton, Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay. “We are thrilled and honoured to be selected as this year’s recipients of proceeds from the Ischkinakker, we are fortunate to have leaders like Katie and John in our community,” said Denton.
This year there are a few new event offerings to help reach this aggressive fundraising goal. First of which is a VIP section which is open to 100 people who purchased VIP tickets prior to the event. The VIP section will have food, a separate bar, and all guests will receive a lanyard and VIP pass.
Secondly, this will be the first year a 50/50 draw will be held. With the help of the Alzheimer Society representatives all of the event attendees will have the option to buy 50/50 tickets in hopes that they will walk away with some extra funds at the end of the night.
Both Katie and Johnny feel that the Alzheimer Society is a very worthy group and are hoping to surpass the $15,000 goal. “Christmas is a time for being around the people you care about, and this event offers everyone the chance to see friends, old friends, new friends, all the while giving to a very worthy cause!” says Katie Ischkin. Each year new group or organization is chosen and about 1,000 Thunder Bay locals attend the event.
What: Annual Ischkinakker Shaker Fundraiser
Where: Canadian Lakehead Exhibition - Coliseum Building
425 Northern Avenue, Thunder Bay, ON
When: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 from 8:00 p.m to 2:00 a.m